Why MP3 Ringtones Are So Popular
By Craig Thornburrow
MP3 ringtones, otherwise known as Truetones or Realtones, are the most popular
form of ringtone. This comes as no surprise since nearly every cell phone
produced in the past few years has built in support for this new, high-quality
What makes MP3 ringtones so popular? Undoubtedly the quality is the first
reason, but also the incredible variety of ringtone selections available via the
cell phone's built in browsers (or "media malls"), the ability to send tones
from one phone to another, and the even larger selection available from the
internet. It is very easy for an owner of a newer cell phone to have ringtones
sent directly from their internet-connected PC to their phone. This is possible
either with the cables that should have came packaged with the phone, or by
signing up with many of the online ringtone services - which enables the user to
have ringtones sent directly to their phone without fussing with any form of
MP3 ringtones are responsible for over three quarters of all customizable
digital cell phone purchases. One might recall the older forms of ringtones
available in the infancy of cellular communications - the monophonic or
polyphonic ringtones, and the relatively short-lived midi tones. Since the
inception of Truetones, these formats have lost popularity and account for less
than a quarter of all ringtone purchases.
If the reader has purchased a Realtone, they aren't alone - over 24 million
mobile customers have purchased and used this higher quality format according to
a study conducted in mid 2006. This transitional phase has been compared to CDs
and cassette tapes.
Gone are the days of dial tones - remember what one of those sounds like? But
soon enough we might have trouble remembering what an actual ring sounds like,
coming from the other end of the phone line when you make a call. Since the
popularity of MP3 ringtones has exploded in the past few years, another
customization option has been made available for cell users: the Ringback tone.
Instead of hearing the usual ring when waiting for the second party to answer a
call, the caller will hear a personalized "ring," most often a song.
The functionality and customizable options for cell phones has continued to
grow, and will continue to do so until the next paradigm in telephony
communications - one can only wonder what will be available in just a few years
time. However, for the time being, and more than likely for quite some time, MP3
ringtones will be the best option for any person interested in having a ringtone
that is not only a form of self expression, but is cheap and high-quality.